German and Brazilian Perspectives
Erich Auerbach – Conditio humana
Erich Auerbach (1892-1957) is known for his book Mimesis. Dargestellte Wirklichkeit in der abendlaendischen Literatur (1946) and one can say that his other works gravitate towards this work.
The book sets out to investigate nothing less than the conditio humana, but understands it as something intrinsically historical. Therefore, as something that changes over time, and the effort of analysis is to reveal the historicity [Geschichtlichkeit], which is, in equal measure, to reveal the conditio humana as it appears in different times and situations. This task, quite complex and maybe even pretentious, was carried out by Auerbach in an extremely original way, drawing on his training as a philologist and a scholar of literary works.
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